Softball Travels to Palm Springs

Feb. 24, 2005


Kansas Continues Tournament Play at Palm Springs Classic

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The Jayhawks continue their 19-game road swing Friday through Sunday at the Palm Springs Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Kansas (4-5) will open the tournament against Utah at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by a match up with BYU at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the Jayhawks will face off against No. 25 Cal State Fullerton at 12:30 p.m. and follow up with a game against No. 11 Washington at 8 p.m. KU will wrap up the weekend on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against Arizona State.

All games can be followed via Gametracker by logging on to, the official web site of Kansas athletics. All times listed above are Central.

About Kansas

The Jayhawks picked up speed Feb. 11-13 at the Las Cruces Hilton Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. KU split a pair of games on the first day of the tourney, beating Arkansas 5-1, then falling to Purdue by one run. The Jayhawks bounced back on day two defeating UMKC 8-0, while three different Jayhawks hit home runs. KU finished on another high note, by shutting out Utah Valley State 5-0.

The Jayhawk defense remains solid behind junior infielder Destiny Frankenstein and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with a .971 fielding percentage.

Kansas ranks seventh in the Big 12 with a team batting average of .270. Nettie Fierros leads the way with an average of .429 (9-for-21). She is also the team-leader with four doubles and a slugging percentage of .571. The Jayhawks also rank seventh in the Big 12 with a team earned run average of 2.29. KU has allowed 19 earned runs in 58.0 innings pitched.

KU uses three starters in its pitching rotation. Freshman lefty Christina Ross has been impressive for the Jayhawks, pitching a team-high 21.1 innings while posting a 1.27 ERA. Sophomore righty Kassie Humphreys (20.2 innings), who leads the team in strikeouts with 18, and junior righty Serena Settlemier (15.0) will continue to get the starting nod as well.

The Jayhawks finished 33-28-1 overall and 7-11 in the Big 12 last season. KU lost eight letterwinners, including six seniors, but welcomed four talented freshman to the squad in 2005.

KU Probable Starters
P – Kassie Humphreys (So./Glendale, Ariz.), Serena Settlemier (Jr./Kelso, Wash.), Christina Ross (Fr./Santa Clarita, Calif.)
C – Elle Pottorf (Fr./Topeka, Kan.)
1B – Nicole Washburn (So./O’Fallon, Mo.)
2B – Jessica Moppin (Jr./Olathe, Kan.)
SS – Destiny Frankenstein (Jr./Broken Arrow, Okla.)
3B – Nettie Fierros (Jr./Avondale, Ariz.)
RF – Ashley Frazer (Jr./Shawnee, Kan.)
CF – Cyndi Duran (Fr./Tucson, Ariz.)
LF – Jackie Vasquez (Fr./Tucson, Ariz.)